DescriptionA regional trade center, Chicoutimi is at the farthest point of deepwater navigation on the scenic Saguenay River, which flows 160 kilometres (100 mi.) east from lac St-Jean to the St. Lawrence River.
The Saguenay begins as a series of rapids tumbling out of the lake. The river then passes Chicoutimi's aluminum smelters, slices through the sheer, 400-metre-high (1,312-ft.) cliffs of Saguenay Fjord National Park and finally empties into a section of the St. Lawrence River, where various species of whales come to feed. Their arrival can vary from year to year, but peak time is late June to early September. Sightseeing and whale-watching cruises are available during the summer months.
Many of Chicoutimi's galleries contain local arts and crafts. St. Francis Xavier Cathedral (Cathédrale de St-François-Xavier), at Bégin and Racine streets, is known for its stained glass windows. Nearby lakes and forests provide hunting and fishing opportunities.
Each April the Saguenay Jazz and Blues Festival, held at various locations, features more than 150 artists.
In 2002 Chicoutimi and other cities amalgamated and formed Saguenay.
Visitor InfoChicoutimi Tourist Information Bureau 295 rue Racine E. CHICOUTIMI, QC G7H 5B7. Phone:(418)698-3167 or (800)463-6565
ShoppingPlace du Royaume and Place Saguenay on boulevard Talbot together have more than 170 stores, including Sears and Winners.
Self-guiding toursMaps detailing self-guiding tours of the downtown area are in the guidebooks available at the tourist information bureau.
Things to SeeMille Lieux de la Colline